Presented by MSP Film Society
MSP Film Society presents the 40th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival May 13-23, 2021. MSPIFF is one of the largest and longest-running film festivals in the US. Showcasing 150+ bold and exciting films representing more than 100 cultures around the globe, MSPIFF40 will be a hybrid festival, with films and panels screening online, plus special in-person outdoor screenings in Minneapolis & St. Paul.
Info + Tix: MSPfilm.org
New Eyes Festival 2021: (Un)Scene will be broadcast through Theater Mu’s private and secure streaming platform. A minimum of one ticket per household is required to watch the show.
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Presented by Theater Mu
THEATER MU’S LONGEST RUNNING TRADITION
New Eyes Festival, has become a much-anticipated annual series of staged readings of new works from Asian American playwrights, like Prince Gomolvilas, Jessica Huang, Lloyd Suh, Katie Ka Vang, and Leah Nanako Winkler. The festival acts as an artistic incubator for thoughts and ideas looking to be born onto the stage.
This year, as a response to the rising violence against Asian and Asian American communities, the New Eyes Festival will consist of a series of original ten-minute virtual plays written by local and nationally recognized playwrights with ties to Theater Mu and the Twin Cities, including Aditi Brennan Kapil, Carla Ching, Isabella Dawis, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, and Lisa Marie Rollins.
This event will be broadcast through Theater Mu’s private and secure streaming platform. A minimum of one ticket per household is required to watch the show. All tickets are free.
Friday, May 21 at 7:00pm CST: Watch our Mu-tini Hour, hosted by Lily Tung Crystal, on Facebook LIVE. Meet producer Katie Hae Leo and the playwrights.
Saturday, May 22 at 7:00pm CST: Then, join us for the LIVE performances, broadcast on Theater Mu’s private streaming platform.
Sunday, May 23 - Saturday, May 29: The live performances will be recorded and available to watch on-demand for one week.
These plays are being developed with the support of Theater Mu and the Playwrights’ Center. Aditi Brennan Kapil’s piece was commissioned by Company One Theatre for its Acts of Joy program in 2021.
Runs 70 minutes
James J. Hill House and Mill City Museum
240 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102 and 704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
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Presented by Collide Theatrical Dance Company
This steampunk dance theater spin-off of Alice in Wonderland takes place at “Wonderland,” a premier mental institution run by Dr. Andrew Knight. Dr. Knight has the difficult task of treating a man who refers to himself as a “White Rabbit” who suffers from a severe anxiety disorder, a young woman named Alice with body dysmorphia, and a Queen figure suffering from narcissistic rage.
But as the doctor digs deeply into the causes and roots of their disorders he begins to ask: what does “normal” really mean?
Collide tells this story using its signature blend of high-energy dance styles set to a modern pop-rock soundtrack.
The dance theater experience, created to suit safety requirements of COVID-19, will take the audience on a 70-minute ride into a compelling story of friendship and acceptance in an effort to ease the stigma attached to mental illness.
Runs 85 minutes
Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave N Lanesboro, MN
$15 - $20
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre Company
Senga is a brilliant dancer whose world crumbles after a life-changing accident. Ever is a brilliant college professor with Asperger's. Their worlds intertwine when he appears at her door with a bizarre proposition - he will pay her an outrageous sum if she will teach him a few dance moves for an upcoming banquet. Their sudden physical closeness collides with their emotional distance, unleashing a torrent of feelings in this tender, unpredictable romance.
Content Advisory: Dancing Lessons contains adult language and mature themes.
*Due to Covid-19, seating capacity is limited.
*Virtual performances are available on Saturday nights.
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